The Schwimmhaus by German architects Confused-Direction is a green hausboot (oops, house boat) designed to float around or just stay put on the shore. Its modern pre-fab aesthetic sets it aside from most maritime-y houseboats, and a green roof adds freshness and sustainable cred. Still under construction, Schwimmhaus is being built from wood salvaged from an old farm house in addition to other sustainable building materials.
Based in Oldenburg, just a boat’s float up the Hunte River to the North Sea, Confused-Direction is a young design co-op founded by Flo Florian and Sascha Akkermann. With backgrounds in technical design and carpentry, respectively, Confused-Direction dabbles in furniture, interior and architectural design. You may remember Sascha’s fold-up chaise lounge, the poissonmobile from 2006.
The Schwimmhaus is set for completion this spring. No word yet on whether they’re planning on making the hausboot commercially available but I can imagine a waiting list in eco-conscious houseboat-friendly cities like Seattle or Portland. It’s inspiring to see designers take on alternative dwellings - if we can’t significantly reduce the melting of our icecaps and glaciers, we may all be living afloat someday.
The Cove 3 house by SAOTA involves a concept the create a living space to maximize the panoramic views and connections to the surrounding landscape. Check out more pictures of the residence below: Read more
Wow, we hate to be the ones to say it, but Christmas is well and truly on its way. We’ll soon all be singing Christmas carols and drinking eggnog. Then before we know it, it’ll be time to welcome in the New Year. Well, we think that with the holidays coming up you’ve probably already got enough to think about. So, we thought we’d help give you a little head-start in the interior design department by sharing with you, our pick of the hottest trends to look out for in 2015. Read more